Vet Surg 1994 Jul-Aug;23(4):274-80
Feline Onychectomy at a Teaching Institution: A
Retrospective Study of 163 Cases.
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Washington State University
College of Veterinary Medicine,
One hundred sixty-three cats underwent onychectomy. Fifty percent of the cats had one or more complications immediately after surgery. Early postoperative complications included:
Follow-up was available in 121 cats. 19.8% developed complications after release.
Late postoperative complications included:
prolonged, intermittent lameness
J Am Vet Med Assoc
1998 Aug 1;213(3):370-3
Comparison of Effects of Elective Tenectomy or Onychectomy in Cats.
Jankowski AJ, Brown DC, Duval J, Gregor TP, Strine LE, Ksiazek LM, Ott AH
Department of Clinical Studies
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia 19104, USA.
Objective: To compare short- and long-term complications after Tenectomy of the deep digital flexor tendons or onychectomy.
Animals: 20 cats undergoing Tenectomy and 18 cats undergoing onychectomy.
Procedure: Cats undergoingTenectomy or onychectomy were monitored for a minimum of 5 months to enable comparison of type and frequency of complications.Type and frequency of complications did not differ between procedures.
Clinical Implications: Owners should be aware of the high complication rate for both procedures.